February 2018

Year of the Dog & Amethyst Beads For February

4th February 2018

Kung Hei Fat Choy – Happy Chinese New Year!  

New BeadsSee us at our first bead fair of 2018 at Harrogate on 24th-25th February.  We will be selling the best of our new semi-precious beads there, just arrived in the UK. 

Details of our bead shows booked so far for this year: 2018 Bead Fairs. 


Happy Chinese Year of the Dog
Amethyst: The Royal Pope Stone
How To Make An Amethyst Necklace
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Year of the Dog 2018Chinese Year of the Dog

Chinese Year of the Dog begins on 16th February 2018. Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is divided into elements with slightly different characteristics – this new year is an Earth Dog.

As a yang year it will be eventful with many changes everywhere, especially with national security and in the Middle East and Asia. Be careful, but follow your instincts. Good year for workers’.

Dog People
Year Of The DogDogs are intelligent, honest, reliable, helpful and loyal – valuing friendships and harmony with good ethics. They listen, but worry a lot and can be stubborn, irritable and antisocial. Although good savers, dogs aren’t materialistic.

If you are a Dog
dog pendantAn unlucky year for dog people, but not terrible. Be careful of accidents, your money, and avoid risk at work. Look after health, and be cautious of scams and in business, adapting to change rather than following routine.

Love may be bad this year, however don’t change plans. Your best partner is a Tiger or Rabbit person, and worse another Dog or Dragon. Ideal careers are those in trust serving others, like a police officer, doctor, priest or nurse.

Predictions for this Year of the Dog
This will be a turbulent period of change, but for the better. Although dog year’s usually bring growth, major institutions may collapse and capital markets adjust. However, there will be new ways to help the poor and discourage unhealthy diets. Materialism will be out of fashion. Keep the status quo or move slowly forward.

This is a good year to consolidate, but change your home or job, and habits like smoking. The rich and poor will be more balanced and American could intervene in the Middle East defeating Islamic State. The US will prosper, but problems in Europe spark the end for the EU.

Dog Years
If you were born during these dates, then you are a Dog: 28/01/1922 to 15/02/1923, 14/02/1934 to 03/02/1935,  02/02/1946 to 21/01/1947, 18/02/1958 to 07/02/1959, 06/02/1970 to 26/01/1971, 25/01/1982 to 12/02/1983, 10/02/1994 to 30/01/1995, 29/01/2006 to 17/02/2007, 16/02/2018 to 04/02/2019, 03/02/2030 to 22/02/2031.

Famous Dog People
Barry Manilow, Bill Clinton, Billie Piper, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie, Donald Trump, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, George W. Bush, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Bush, Lenin, Lewis Carroll, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa, Naomi Campbell, Prince William, Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Winston Churchill.

Dog Likes
Colours: green, red, purple. Birthstone: diamond. Western zodiac equivalent: Libra & Scorpio. Lucky numbers: 3, 4 & 9.

To buy a lucky Chinese jade pendant of your Chinese birth animal click Chinese Zodiac Beads.

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Amethyst: The Royal Purple Pope Stone

What is Amethyst?
Amethyst is the gemstone for February, and for those born under the zodiac of Pisces. Also called the Royal Purple Pope Stone, the purple variety of quartz. If it wasn’t so abundant, amethyst would be very expensive.

amethyst beadIts name comes from the Greek, meaning not drunken. Perhaps due to a belief that amethyst would sober the effects of alcohol. However, I find this doesn’t work!

amethyst beadsamethyst beadsamethyst beadsAmethyst is always purple, but comes in shades of pale lilac to deep purple. Deeper colours are more valuable – milky amethyst is the cheapest.

Amethyst is mined in South American, but the best in Africa. Very dark amethyst, mostly in small sizes, also comes from Australia.

According to Greek mythology, Dionysus, the God of Intoxication was angered by an insult from a mere mortal and swore revenge on the next mortal that crossed his path, creating fierce tigers to carry out his wish.

Along came unsuspecting Amethyst, a beautiful young maiden on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana. Diana turned Amethyst into a statue of pure crystalline quartz to protect her from the brutal claws. Dionysus wept tears of wine in remorse for his action at the sight of the beautiful statue. The god’s tears stained the quartz purple, creating the gem we know today!

The Church & Crown
Purple has long been considered a royal colour, featured in the British Crown Jewels and a favorite of ancient Egyptian royalty. Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that “amethyst could dissipate evil thoughts and accelerate intelligence”.

amethyst beadsBecause amethyst was believed to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, it was very important in the ornamentation of churches in the middle ages. Amethyst is still the stone of bishops’ who often wear amethyst rings. Even in Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred to the Buddha.

amethyst beadsAmethyst’s sobering and calming qualities is why it’s considered to have the power to purify and bring peace.

It’s also believed to boost lower energies higher, and heal at all levels of mind, body and spirit. Amethyst is especially useful to calm overworked minds as it brings mental strength, stability, and vigor, and reduces negativity.

Amethyst also supports all that is transitional. Especially death and rebirth – providing peace of mind when a loved one is lost. As an elixir, amethyst can help toothache, bone and joint discomforts and problems with the stomach and digestion. It has also been known taken for blood disease and balance blood sugar.

amethyst braceletIn yoga, amethyst aids the 6th Chakra, the Third Eye, center of the body’s spiritual power. Because amethyst heightens awareness, both spiritual and psychic – increasing intuition and psychic development and transition from a normal state of consciousness to a deeper awareness.

Amethyst Jewellery Design
amethyst braceletAmethyst jewellery sells well because it has never gone out of fashion. In fact new-agers have made it more popular than ever.

It’s dark royal colour oozes style. Amethyst goes well with silver, clear crystal and other subtle colours. If you make hand-crafted jewellery; design matching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings to offer more choice to your customers. Don’t overpower your design with too much of the gemstone – add lots of silver spacers and findings to balance.

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How to make an Amethyst Necklace

making amethyst necklaceThese are the steps of MiMi making an amethyst necklace using our amethyst nuggets and fancy drop beads (numbers are as pictures).

Note the crystal rondelle beads and gold stardust used as spacers.




















amethyst necklace








1)Get all materials ready: nylon wire, crimping beads & 5mm stardust gold spacers, crystal rondelle beads, crimping pliers, wire cutter, catches, all beads.
2)Slide 2mm crimp bead onto wire and insert wire into eye on clasp
3)Loop and connect crimp bead.
4 & 5) Crimp attached to eye on clasp, and squeezing crimp bead closed.
6 & 7) Thread the beads into the wire.
8) Repeat steps 2 to 5 to secure the other end of the necklace.
9) Cutting off excess wire

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